When I was in school one of our books to purchase was "Mosby's Sixth Edition Nursing Diagnosis Handbook
". I was so consumed reading and studying for nursing tests by the time I got to looking at this book I was exhausted and found this book overwhelming and not user freindly. (WOW!!! WAS I WRONG) In hindsite I see how valuable this book is in learning how to write the parts of a nursing diagnosis.
You state you identified defining characteristics in the nursing diagnosis manual
that you guess would be the AEB. In nursing school I overlooked a lot in my ND manual. Take a few minutes and familiarize yourself with your ND Manual. Skim the first few sections, the appendixes in the back and the index. If you have a good ND manual you should learn alot about how to write a ND in 15 minutes or less of getting familiar with your book.
The first 4 pages in my ND book explain how to write a nursing diagnosis
and basically how to use the book. ( WOW!!! I wished I had read these pages while I was in nursing school.)
Section II of this ND book is, 112 pgs., of alphabetical order, medical diagnosis, and problems a nurse would need nursing diagnosis for, along with appropriate nursing diagnosis and r/t.
When you find yourself wanting to use the medical diagnosis as the r/t, look at the pathophysiology of the medical diagnosis and you will often find your r/t there.
ND Chronic Pain r/t progression of joint deterioration
ND Activity Intolerance r/t chronic pain, fatigue, weakness
ND Activity Intolerance r/t imbalance between oxygen supply and demand
ND Ineffective Airway Clearance r/t bronchoconstriction, increased mucus, ineffective cough, infection